France to Host 2023 Rugby World Cup
November 23, 2017
France has beat off stiff competition from Ireland and South Africa to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. The last time France hosted the tournament was in 2007.
Sporting events held in France over the past 10 years
|2006||UEFA Champions League Final|
|2007||Rugby World Cup|
|2013||World Military Games|
On the 15th November in London, it was announced that France had been successful in their bid. A majority vote saw France overtake both South Africa and Ireland. Results from the vote were as follows: France 18, South Africa 13 and Ireland 8 out of a possible 39. Upon announcing France as the winner World Rugby president Bill Beaumont said “There’s going to be two countries extremely disappointed. I am delighted for France. They have run a World Cup before and I think it will be an exciting World Cup.”
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SuperLenny will be no strangers to following French competitions as France is a well-known sporting nation.
France as a sporting nation
France has a vibrant sporting culture. Over the past ten years, they have hosted some of the largest world sporting events. These have included the UEFA Champions League Final and the World Military Games. Annually France host both le Tour de France and the French Open.
Event: Le Tour de France
2017 July 1-July 23rd
2018 July 7th- July 29th
Le Tour de France is perhaps the biggest cycling event in the world. Unfortunately, in recent years it has been caught up in the Lance Armstrong controversy. Armstrong who was a seven-time winner was stripped of all his titles after doping allegations came to light. After cutting ties with Armstrong for life the tournament is begging to recover from this dark period.
Event: French Open
2017 28th May-11th June
2018 May 27th-June 10th
After Wimbledon, the French Open is perhaps the second most popular annual tennis tournament. Attracting world famous players like Roger Federer and Venus & Serena Williams. It is most famous for the clay courts on which matches are held. Founded in 1891 the 2017 French Open marked the 116th edition of the tournament.
National Team: France
Rugby was first introduced to France in the 1800s by the British. Since then rugby has gained a huge following. Fun fact: Out of all Rugby Union supporting countries worldwide France has the largest population. Every year the French team take part in the European based 6 Nations Tournament and have won on several occasions. On a global scale, the French team have both played at and hosted the Rugby World Cup. Hosting in 1991, 1999, 2007 and now again in 2023. Famous French players have included Sebastien Chabal and Aurelien Rougerie.
Hosting the World Cup in 2023 will no doubt remind the world of French Rugby’s prowess. However, it, of course, put extra pressure on France to deliver. We all remember back in 2015 when host nation England failed to make it past the pool stages. For those lucky enough to attend it is sure to be a fantastic event. Fans at home and elsewhere, can, of course, catch all the action on television or via live streaming.